Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. And that can only mean one thing: it’s almost Arizona’s birthday! We’ll be busy doing cover-up tattoos of wedding dates and ex’s names this week at Sentient Tattoo Collective, but we look forward to celebrating Arizona’s 108th birthday on February 14th. In honor of Arizona statehood day, we rounded up our favorite Arizona-themed tattoos done by the artists at Sentient Tattoo Collective.
Cactus and blooms tattoos
Cactus blooms paint the Arizona desert with brilliant colors during the springtime. This beautiful cactus bloom tattoo was created by Nathan.
A different perspective on an ordinary cactus. Charles turned this potted cactus upside and added some geometric background with southwest colors.
A typical scene in the Arizona desert: a saguaro, a prickly pear cactus, and skull. Done by Nathan.
Some cacti don’t bloom until they are 30 years old! But this cactus bloom will last forever. Ali put together this brilliant pink cactus bloom tattoo.
Ivan bottled up the Arizona sunset with this detailed cactus tattoo.
A delicate cactus tattoo to symbolize a trip to Arizona. Created by Tyson.
Matching tattoos are a great way to commemorate a trip or show your home state some love. These cactus tattoos were created by Ivan.
Monsoon season is from June to September in Arizona. This tattoo sleeve created by Tyson shows just how beautiful and colorful the desert is during a storm.
Cave Creek is located in the foothills north of Phoenix. The rural community embraces western living, enjoying hiking and a slower pace of daily life. Ivan paid homage to Cave Creek’s small-town charm with this tattoo of a scene with a howling coyote and a silhouette of a saguaro.
Ryan Campbell was a guest artist at Sentient Tattoo Collective in December 2019. He created this magical view of the unique flora and fauna of Arizona in this Arizona-themed tattoo.
Where are the Sundevil fans?! Charles incorporated the outline of Arizona state, the Arizona state flag and ASU’s pitchfork into one ASU tattoo. The pitchfork is carried by ASU’s mascot, Sparky, and is accompanied by the phrase “Fear the Fork.”
Tyson added this desert-scene tattoo inside the shape of Arizona state to a sleeve he was working on.
Ok, this is not a state-shaped tattoo but the mountains and trees could be anywhere in Flagstaff. This black and gray tattoo was created by Nathan.
Bird tattoos and other southwest creatures
With plenty of patience, Ali used a dotwork technique to create this hummingbird. Hummingbirds typically arrive in Arizona in March and begin to migrate to southern Mexico in October.
Anyone who has been stung by scorpion knows these little stingers are no joke! The Arizona Bark scorpion is the most dangerous off all – it’s venom is considered very poisonous to humans. Black and gray scorpion tattoo done by Ivan.
The cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona. True to its name, the cactus wren inhabits all types of cacti. Ivan depicts this cactus wren perched on a branch in the tattoo.
Another scorpion tattoo! This time, Nathan added some floral features.
Ali combined mandala elements with the elegance of a hummingbird to create this unique Arizona tattoo.
Scorpion tattoos are popular, and this one is ready to strike! This stinger was created by Tyson.
Cowboys and crystals tattoos
These boots were made for walkin’ – walkin’ through the Arizona desert! Charles brings together the cowboy and the desert in this Arizona tattoo.
Arizona has a long history of gemstone production. Some popular gemstones found here are turquoise, garnet, and peridot. Ali captures the sparkle of Arizona gemstones in her tattoos.
Yeehaw! Arizona is the wild, wild west and Nathan captures that in this cowboy hat tattoo.
Charles includes multi-colored crystals that could have been mined right here in Tempe, Arizona.
What are some of your favorite Arizona-themed tattoos? Tag us in your photos! #sentienttattoocollective